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Therapy Services

Radically Open DBT 

What is RO DBT?

  • Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT), is an evidenced based therapy used for overcontrolled styles of coping, excessive self-control, and emotional inhibition.

  • Treatment reduces emotional loneliness and enhances social connection by reducing biotemperament (threat sensitivity). This allows more emotional expression, which improves social signaling and connection. Treatment also teaches flexible responding and openness, and practices healthy self-doubt to enhance self-awareness.

  • Treatment includes individual sessions AND weekly skills classes.


Increase openness to new experiences, unexpected situations, and feedback.


Reduce hyperperfectionism, needs for planning, structure and order.

Social Connection

Improve awareness of emotions and expression of emotions to others.

Treatment Goals

RO DBT Treats:


-Major Depressive Disorder

-Persistent Depressive Disorder

Personality Disorders

-Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

-Avoidant Personality Disorder

-Schizoid Personality Disorder

-Paranoid Personality Disorder


-Generalized Anxiety

-Social Anxiety




-Bitterness & Cynicism

-Envy & Resentment

Eating Disorders



-Binge Eating and Bulimia may also present with overcontrol






What is Overcontrol?

Overcontrol is excessive self-control. It is "too much of a good thing." Overcontrol has high threat sensitivity, high restraint in impulses and expressions, and high levels of detail focus.

Overcontrolled clients:

  • have rigid thinking and  behavior

  • are detail focused

  • are cautious

  • are hesitant to engage in new experiences, or situations that are unpredictable

  • prefer structure and order

  • tend to be perfectionists

  • can delay gratification to achieve a goal

  • inhibit impulses

  • inhibit emotional expressions of either positive or negative emotions

  • have low awareness of emotions and tolerate high levels of distress

  • struggle to feel truly connected with others

  • experience envy, social comparisons and bitterness

RO DBT Skills Class

Skills Classes Topics Include: 

-Radical Openness & Flexible Responding

-Self-Enquiry and Understanding OC Coping

-Emotions & Safety Activation

-Mindfulness Training & States of Mind

-Social Signaling & Interpersonal Effectiveness

Tuesdays @ 6pm CST

via Zoom

Image by Ali Kazal
Your values are like a compass, leading you in the right direction.

What is ACT?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is used to accept negative emotions and thoughts, let these thoughts be and return to value-focused behaviors.

ACT is helpful when trying to change thoughts or emotions has been unsuccessful. 

  • Acceptance

  • Values (what guides your behaviors) 

  • Committed Action (acting within your values)

  • Mindfulness (awareness of the present moment, without judgment)

  • Defusion (separating the negative thought & emotion from your behavior)

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